While other campuses may have a room with a dozen computers set aside for esports, Ottawa University, located in Ottawa, Kan., provides its esports team with a fully outfitted arena in its Larry D. Peters Auditorium. The university set up the stadium with a state-of-the-art video production system and broadcasting capabilities, in addition to stocking it with computer power through a build-out with Horizon AVL and CDW.
Local governments and higher education institutions provide similar services to their communities, including parking, transportation, public safety, facilities management and wayfinding aids. That's one reason that cities and colleges are partnering to develop and test smart city technologies — networking, Internet of Things devices and data analytics — that make these services safer and more efficient.
University IT leaders may be used to the process of IT upgrades, both large and small. However, digital transformation initiatives are forcing universities to expand their thinking around technology integrations on campus. We spoke with experts to understand just what constitutes a digital transformation and what it means for university stakeholders.
Students, faculty and staff are dependent on strong, reliable campus network connections, which means IT leaders will need to have an infrastructure that can support large numbers of users at any given time. See how Butler University upgraded its Wi-Fi to mitigate bottlenecks in high-traffic areas on campus.